Design and Build Cloud Servers for Performance

When speed matters, use the following best practices to help you put the cloud into overdrive. Remember, the cloud is what you make it, so make it fast. 

General Purpose Cloud Servers

When you're designing for speed, using General Purpose Cloud Servers will do part of the job for you. This new generation of Cloud Servers can be configured with 120GB of RAM and 32 vCPUs, and General Purpose servers use SSDs to eliminate I/O bottlenecks. To ensure that this extra power isn't lost in the network, General Purpose servers have more bandwidth available to them on both internal and public networks. 

To learn more about our General Purpose Cloud Servers in this article, read What is new with General Purpose Cloud Servers

Cloud Architecture

Architecting in the cloud is about distributing the load (work) across multiple nodes to increase performance and allow for quick horizontal scalability (scaling by adding more servers) when additional power is needed. Using multi-node architecture will noticeably boost performance compared to reaching maximum capacity on a single server. 

Do you want to see what this kind of architecture looks like? Do you want to see what this kind of architecture looks like? The following article describes what Rackspace has designed and built for customers' specific needs: Rackspace Open Cloud Reference Architecture

Cloud Block Storage and SSD

Cloud Block Storage is a block-level storage solution that enables you to expand the storage capacity of your configuration without deploying additional Cloud Servers. But did you know that it has a high performance option that uses SSD and a 10 gigabit Ethernet internal connection, making it 10 times faster than the standard volumes? Customers looking for high performance have been using these SSD volumes to rev everything from MySQL and MongoDB to caching and indexing functions. 

To learn more about Cloud Block Storage, read this overview.  

Akamai Content Delivery Network

Did you know that you can create a Cloud Files container that uses the Akamai content delivery network (CDN) to distribute its content across the globe? Offloading as much static content to a CDN that caches in strategic locations around the globe can noticeably reduce load times for your users, especially for applications that stream high definition video. 

To learn more about Cloud Files, read Best Practices for Using Cloud Files.



When you’re looking for the ultimate in high performance, you don’t get much better than Rackspace’s Hybrid Cloud. By combining the best of cloud and dedicated hosting, you can acheive impressive benchmarks for even the most demanding applications. 

To learn more about RackConnect, read How do I get started with RackConnect and RackConnect Best Practices



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To learn more about CloudFare, visit the  Cloud Tools Marketplace



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